The U.S. State Department has provided options for those with approved Immigrant Visas (IV), those awaiting approval pending an IV interview, and those without petitions. Please note that this situation continues to change rapidly.
Option 1: Repatriation Assistance
Who is Eligible for Repatriation Assistance:
- Afghan IV Holders
- Pending Afghan IV Applicants, IF:
- Your petition has been approved and all required documents have been submitted to the National Visa Center (NVC) OR
- You have been interviewed and your case is pending at Embassy Kabul.
If you are eligible:
- You will need all valid travel documents (valid passport or visas) as well as any civil documents related to your IV
- You cannot bring your family members if they do not have US citizenship, LPR status, a valid U.S. visa, or a pending IV application. Do not include their information in the Repatriation Assistance Request Form
If you meet these eligibility requirements, fill out this Repatriation Assistance Request form. If you are a US petitioner and your family member in Afghanistan cannot complete the form, do the best you can do in order to complete the form for your loved one.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is gathering information regarding those who need IV appointments and those who need repatriation flight assistance to the U.S. The State Department continues to advise those with booked commercial flights not to cancel their flight reservations.
Please consider that this form is not secure and there may be data privacy risks, especially if you are completing this form from Afghanistan.
For Question 7: Fill in the visa number, NVC or KBL case number
For Questions 8 and 9: Fill in the date of the national’s passport issue and expiration dates
If approved, you will be contacted with flight arrangements.
Option 2: Request Your Interview/Petition Be Arranged at Another Embassy
If you have an Approved Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), email NVCSIV@state.gov or call 1-603-334-0828. If you have questions about how to receive Chief of Mission (COM) approval for an SIV, email AfghanSIVapplication@state.gov.
If you do not have an approved petition, email RepKimEvac@mail.house.gov or call 1-202 225-4765. Choose an embassy to which you have the strongest chance of traveling to.
Option 3: Humanitarian Parole
Who is eligible for Humanitarian Parole:
- If you are outside the U.S. and you are seeking temporary entrance to the U.S. for humanitarian purposes.
How to Request Humanitarian Parole, form I-131:
- Request Parole at a U.S. Embassy in a third country. Afghans are eligible for e-visas to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Afghans can enter Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Cape Verde, Comoros, Dominica, Ethiopia, Maldives, and Qatar without a visa.
- Request Parole with USCIS. If you have an IV application that is sponsored by a USC or LRP, you can make a request to the Washington DC Humanitarian Parole office.
- Request Parole with CBP at a specific CBP Port of Entry. You must find your own way out of Afghanistan and to the U.S. You may consider traveling first to Canada or Mexico and then requesting parole at a U.S. Port of Entry.
- Request Parole through U.S. Congressional Representatives. You can find your congressional representative using this website: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and and your state senator using this website: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm. You can also contact Representative Andy Kim at RepKimEvac@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4765 and Senator Tom Cotton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 223-9081.
- Department of Defense. If you can, ask a military officer to present your request to the parole desk at the US Department of Defense. There is no fee if DOD accepts the request. DOD will contact the Department of Homeland Security on your behalf.
Anyone can fill out form I-131 for you when there is an emergency. A US resident who petitioned you to immigrate can fill it out for you and request on your behalf. Parole requests can be for the entire family even if certain family members do not have an immigration case in process. Generally, family members who may be considered likely need to have at least one family member who has an immigrant visa in process. But, there is no harm in trying. The basis for a parole request is to join family in the US. There is no need to prove departure from the US after a short stay. The questions on the form I-131 do not apply when there is an emergency. Just do the best you can do.
Kabul International Airport
We all know that getting to the airport in Kabul is difficult and dangerous. Things change daily. Even so, it is best to apply for whatever is available to try and get attention.
There is not much more we can offer on Afghan cases at this time.
Call for Assistance
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